Colliers Mills in May

Discussion in 'Get Togethers, Events, and Trip Reports' started by bobpbx, May 22, 2005.

  1. bobpbx

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    Went with Ben today to explore more of Colliers Mills. I was really surprised at the beauty; the open fields, woods with huge oaks, the lake, cedar swamp, creeks. It is much more than I imagined, and I have been there 3 other times.

    Here's an iris at the lakeside:

    http://forums.njpinebarrens.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=241&pos=105

    Ben at the golf course fairway. I was surprised to see they put in a course:

    http://forums.njpinebarrens.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=241&pos=32

    Plenty of lady slipper orchids out today in Colliers Mills:

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    We bushwacked to a high hill, but had to cross a huge cedar swamp to do it. There was a lot of interesting things in this swamp. Here is an area where the mountain laurel is rampant and lies prostrate along the ground:

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    Ben bushwacking:

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    It was a really good day, I had a good time........
     
  2. Teegate

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    Very nice! And nice to see Ben bushwacking :)

    Sorry I could not make it.

    Guy
     
  3. Ben Ruset

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    I am in a lot of pain right now. :( My legs are killing me.

    And damn, that's a really unflattering picture of me.
     
  4. BEHR655

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    It's good for the soul.(not sole)
     
  5. Badfish740

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    Jeez, I'm learning more and more about Colliers Mills all the time-where exactly is the golf course?
     
  6. bobpbx

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    Just teasing about the golf course Badfish, I wanted to see if anyone would pick up on it. The next time you go there, go to the back of the lake on your right. There is a long wide grassy area that winds around the back of the lake. It is really nice, and the chestnut oak on both sides make it seem clean and nice. Definitely a nice place to take the family for a walk. Halfway up is a dam with a walkway over it. See the sickle shape at the bottom of the lake. I encourage a walk around the entire lake:

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  7. Ben Ruset

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    Yes, it was a great day. I was extremely sore a few hours later, but some Tylenol took care of that. I feel fine today.

    Bob's Iris at Turnmill Lake. The muck amost sucked me down when I went in to get this shot: (click on the images for a higher resolution picture)

    http://forums.njpinebarrens.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=319&pos=1

    The "fairway" at the far end of Turnmill Lake. This is right before it started raining:

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    The bridge:

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    "Hey, there's a tire down here!"

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    Pink Lady's Slipper:

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    The forest floor:

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    We later bushwacked from Success Lake up to the top of this hill to explore the white "private property" area. We found a large foundation and some trash. There were a few trails in the area, and I am sure that one of them would likely take you back down to the lake. But we did it the hard way.

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    I haven't decided if I hate chiggers or briars more. I have a nice scratch on my forehead from a briar thorn. :(
     
  8. Teegate

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    Wear that war wound proudly!

    Very nice Ben!

    Guy
     
  9. BEHR655

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    Gee......Bob didn't have anything to do with that, did he?
     
  10. Ben Ruset

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    No. Oddly enough it was my idea to trek through the swamp.

    We did try to navigate via an easier route coming out.
     
  11. Ben Ruset

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